Design painting device with stability and independent drive
Roller printer for walls and the like with leveling feature
Paint roller device Patent #: 5857795
ApplicationNo. 11130590 filed on 05/17/2005
US Classes:401/218, Engageable with feed roller401/208, INCLUDING BALL, ROLLER OR ENDLESS-BELT TOOL401/220By movement of roller
ExaminersPrimary: Nguyen, Tan T.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassB43M 11/02
CROSS REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the device.
FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view of the device according to line 2—2 on FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view of the device according to line 3—3 on FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 is a partial fragmented view of the alternative embodiment of the decorative application roller.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS
The device 5 is a paint roller, which allows the individual to add a decorative touch to any wall or surface. FIG. 1.
A paint reservoir 7 is partially filled with paint. A plurality of rollers, including a paint reservoir roller 8 and two intermediate rollers 9, are used to apply paint to a decorative application roller 13. FIG. 2 The decorative application roller 13, which is the outer most roller contains a plurality of pieces, which are slightly raised and contain the imprint of a desired design. The design pieces 20 may be affixed to the paint roller or be detachable. FIG. 4.
The outer surface of all the rollers touch so that when the decorative paint roller 13 rotates all the other rollers 8, 9 rotate according to the direction indicated on FIG. 2. The paint 15 is transferred by the rotation of the roller 8, 9 in contact with each other and eventually transferred to the paint application roller 13.
A handle 6 is connected to the paint reservoir for ease of application. The handle may be molded or attached to the paint reservoir using a means of attachment. The paint that is in the reservoir partially surrounds the paint reservoir roller 8. One intermediate roller 9 contacts the surface of the paint reservoir roller 8. As the decorative application roller 13 rotates it causes rotation of all other rollers. As the paint reservoir roller 8 rotates, paint is transferred to the other rollers and eventually the surface that is to be painted.
Two braces 10 and a spindle guide 18 insure proper alignment of the intermediate rollers 9, which extend from the paint reservoir 7 to the decorative application roller 13. FIGS. 1, 3 Each of the braces 10 has a hollow portion 19 through which the means of attachment 12 such as a screw is threaded and insures that the braces are secured to the outside of the paint reservoir 7. FIGS. 1, 3.
Two braces 10 on the sides of the paint reservoir 7 secure the decorative application roller 13 as well as the two intermediate rollers 9 and paint reservoir roller to the device. FIG. 1 A spindle guide 18 maintains proper alignment of the rollers and allow the rollers 8, 9, 13 to be connected to each other and allow the rollers to be changed. FIG. 3 The guides 18 are secured to the device in some fashion such as through the use of a screw 12 or bolt. FIGS. 1, 3 The shaft 16 of each of the rollers 9 extends slightly beyond the surface of the roller to which paint is applied and fits within the opening of the spindle guide 18. FIG. 3.
The spindle guide 18, has a flat back surface and two flat side surfaces and is of a predetermined shape to accommodate the shaft 16 of the roller. FIG. 3 The spindle guide 18 maintains proper alignment of the rollers during the painting operation.
The decorative application roller 13 is secured to one end of the brace 10 by use of a securement means such as an acorn nut 11. Other securement means may include a wing nut, which is placed on the respective threaded ends of the decorative application roller 13. The two ends of the decorative application roller 13 are threaded to accommodate the means to secure. This securement means allow the decorative application roller 13 to be removed from the device 5. A shaft 16, which runs through the center of each of the rollers and protrudes on the ends allows the rollers to be secured to the device. The decorative application roller 13 is the only roller with threaded ends.
FIG. 4 is a partial representation of the decorative application roller 13. The decorative application roller 13 can be used to apply different print designs through a series of raised design pieces 20, which contain the desired design. FIG. 4 The different shapes and sizes of the print design pieces 20 may be attached to the surface of the decorative application roller 13 by using double sided tape or grooves in the decorative application roller 13 and corresponding slots on the print mechanism. Other desired means of attachment of the print mechanism may also be used. It is also contemplated that the print design pieces 20 may be permanently attached to the decorative application roller 13 and the entire roller may be changed.
As the decorative application roller 13 moves across the surface it forces the outer surface 17 of the two intermediate rollers 9 to move in opposite directions and also forces the reservoir roller 8 to absorb some of the paint. The reservoir roller 8 transfers the paint to the intermediate rollers 9 and then to the print design pieces 20 on the decorative paint roller 13. The print design pieces 20 on the decorative reservoir roller 13 are slightly raised and are of predetermined dimensions to achieve the stated purpose. FIGS. 1, 2, 4.
The handle 6 may be attached to the bottom surface of the paint reservoir 7 through the use of a variety of fixably attaching means. The handle 6 may also be molded to the paint reservoir as a single piece.
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